Location: Milwaukee, WI

Housing Zoning Code Analysis and Update

Closing: March 9, 2023

Full RFQ:

The Department of City Development (DCD), is seeking qualified professional firms that specialize in zoning code analysis and drafting to support DCD as it carries out a housing-focused amendment to the Citywide Policy Plan and proposes updates to the City of Milwaukee’s zoning code with a focus on encouraging and enabling housing development that advances the City’s housing growth, affordability, racial equity, and climate action goals.

This project, entitled Growing MKE, will advance the goals and recommendations of a number of recent City Planning efforts. The City of Milwaukee recently completed development of a Collective Affordable Housing Plan in conjunction with the Community Development Alliance. The City’s Environmental Collaboration Office has developed a Climate and Equity Plan to improve environmental sustainability and reduce greenhouse gases. Both of these planning efforts, as well as past City plans such as the Equitable Growth through Transit Oriented Development Plan have made recommendations to increase the supply of housing within the City of Milwaukee and to facilitate new housing development that reinforces walkable urban neighborhoods, transit and job access, and provides a range of affordability and housing choices for all Milwaukeeans. These recommendations are directly aligned with Mayor Cavalier Johnson’s Economic Prosperity Vision, which includes a commitment to update the City’s zoning code to support new development and growth.

The City of Milwaukee’s zoning code was last updated in 2002. While the existing code supports mixeduse development, multi-family housing on commercial corridors, and other strong smart growth principals, there are areas of the code that need to be updated to align with evolving national best practices, recommendations included within the City’s more recent planning efforts, and to accommodate future population growth and evolving housing needs.

During 2023, DCD will lead an effort to amend the Citywide Policy Plan with recommendation for updates to the portions of the City’s zoning code regulating housing development. It is anticipated this project will propose zoning code updates to advance the recommendations of multiple city planning efforts to:

  • Support transit-oriented development and walkable urban neighborhoods.
  • Increase housing choice, diverse housing styles, and affordability.
  • Advance recommendations of the Collective Affordable Housing Plan to permit housing styles that may result in lower housing costs for residents.
  • Propose updated parking requirements that align with housing affordability and climate action goals.
  • Better enable home-based businesses, accessory dwelling units, and a wide-range of neighborhood scale infill development.

How to Apply
Qualifications Packages are due March 9, 2023 at 11:00 AM CST via email to

The proposals must be submitted electronically along with the required SBE Form A.

Proposal Submissions are to clearly indicate in the subject line of the email submission: Official Notice 57973 – REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS FOR HOUSING ZONING CODE ANALYSIS AND UPDATE